Scranton-Wilkes Barre (Yankees) 7, Norfolk Tides 6
Given the Orioles lack of major league pitching talent, every start is an audition in Triple-A, and Tom Eshelman may be playing himself into the 40-man roster discussion. The righty had a solid outing: 7.1 innings, three runs, four hits, five strikeouts and one walk, but he did give up a trio of home runs.
The Tides had the win wrapped up until Tanner Scott blew the save in the bottom of the ninth inning. He was not helped out by a Jace Peterson fielding error, but Scott was getting knocked around. The lefty allowed a pair of doubles, issued one intentional walk and did not record any strikeouts in his inning of work. Chris Lee came on for the 10th inning, struck out Logan Morrison but then gave up a little league home run (a double with a throwing error by Anderson Feliz) to former Oriole Breyvic Valera to seal a walk-off win for the Railriders.
Mason Williams paced the Norfolk offense with three hits, including his second triple of the season. Ryan Mountcastle went 1-for-5 with a single and two strikeouts. Cedric Mullins was 1-for-5 with a single and a strikeout. Dwight Smith Jr. hit a home run in four at-bats. Austin Hays was 0-for-1. Austin Wynns was 1-for-4.
Bowie Baysox 10, New Hampshire (Rockies) 8
The Orioles Double-A squad combined for 17 hits in an offensive barrage. Ryan McKenna, Rylan Bannon and Preston Palmeiro each recorded a double and two singles. Palmeiro led all hitters with four RBI. Other multi-hit games belonged to Carlos Perez, Cole Billingsley and Jesmuel Valentin. Mason McCoy was 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
Marcos Molina started on the mound for the Baysox, and had one of his tougher outings this season. He lasted five innings, but served up five runs on seven hits, no walks and no strikeouts. Francisco Jimenez followed in relief, giving up a run on three hits over two innings. Branden Kline tossed one scoreless inning out of the ‘pen. Pedro Araujo closed things up in clumsy fashion: one inning, two runs, one hit, one walk, one home run,
Aberdeen IronBirds 12, Tri-City (Astros) 6
Eight of the IronBirds starters recorded a hit in this game, and all nine of them reached base at least once as they scored 12 runs on 12 hits and nine walks.
Jean Carmona led the way with three base hits, including two doubles. Joey Ortiz and Toby Welk both added two hits. Ortiz, Johnny Rizer and Alex Murphy all walked twice in this game as well. Jaylen Ferguson hit his first triple of the season.
Ryan Conroy earned the win on the mound following five innings in which he allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits, three walks and three strikeouts. His season ERA sits at 1.25 across three minor league levels. Yellin Rodriguez struggled in his 2.2 innings, serving up two runs on a hit, three walks and two strikeouts. Parker McFadden failed to record an out, but did allow a run on one hit and two walks before being yanked. Jose Alejandro finished things up by tossing 1.1 innings and giving up a run on two hits, three walks and three strikeouts.
Complete box scores from Wednesday’s set of games can be found here.
Thursday’s Scheduled Games
Norfolk: at Scranton-Wilkes Barre, 7:05 p.m. Starter: Keegan Akin (3-2, 4.55 ERA)
Bowie: at Hartford, 7:05 p.m. Starter: Zac Lowther (6-4, 1.96 ERA)
Frederick: at Wilmington (Royals), 6:35 p.m. Starter: TBD
Delmarva: at Greensboro (Pirates), 7 p.m. Starter: TBD
Aberdeen: vs Tri-City, 7:05 p.m. Starter: TBD